Senator Andre Haughton, the maverick

Senator Andre Haughton, the maverick

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

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Dear Editor,


Early 2018 I made a social media post telling the Jamaica Labour Party to recruit Dr Andre Haughton. They never did, but the People's National Party did so late that year.


I see a maverick in Dr Andre Haughton, a man who puts country over party.

To me, he's an upgrade from Damion Crawford. He's very intelligent but he will never boast about it, unlike Crawford. When he's explaining things to the nation the man in the street can understand.

I see this man as a potential leader of the People's National Party. He is one of Peter Phillips's best recruits and accomplishments.


As well, I believe he is going to make Marlene Malahoo Forte uncomfortable.


The only weakness I see in Dr Haughton is that he seems to hate picking sides when it comes to internal politics. Senator Haughton, in the Upper House of Parliament last Friday, basically proved that he's really the deputy shadow minister in finance because of Mark Golding's absence.

Clearly Peter Phillips is also undermining him by not bringing him into the loop on finance strategies. The People's National Party, and especially Peter Phillips, claims that his party is a democratic socialist one, and that Peter Bunting and his faction are capitalists.

Normally, left-leaning parties internationally call for high tax rates and not low tax rates. Clearly the senator's stance is in sync with his party's history.


I hope members of his party don't crucify him for taking a stance.
Both major political parties don't or hardly have a maverick on their team.

Teddylee Gray
Ocho Rios, St Ann
teddylee.gray@gmail.com


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